Sunday, May 3, 2009

Acoustic Eidolon 5/14 UMD Benefit Concert


Thursday, May 14, 7 PM—Parish Hall, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Durham

"A Sumptuous Instrumental Feast"
—Dirty Linen

"A Sublime Acoustic Duo"
—Boulder Weekly

" —Providence Journal

Acoustic Eidolon may be new to some Triangle music fans. Soon, however, that will change when the Colorado-based husband/wife duo of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire bring their inventive stringed interplay of original music and surprising covers to Durham, Thursday, May 14, at 7 PM. As the latest in the ongoing Strings Attached series of concerts benefiting the work and services of Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD), Acoustic Eidolon maintains the series' tradition of showcasing the finest in acoustic-based music from national touring acts.

Besides guitar, bluegrass-raised Scott plays his own concoction, a double-neck, 14-string "Guit-jo" (looks like a guitar but sounds like guitar, piano, dulcimer, harp and other instruments), and classically-trained Alkire plays cello. Their original compositions and surprising covers ranges from bluegrass to blues, Celtic to classical, folk to Latin, country to classic rock (Beatles Eleanor Rigby, Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven).

Their unique blend finds fast fans in every stop. Over the last decade, Acoustic Eidolon has toured vigorously across North America and throughout Europe. The band and its recordings have been featured on public television and radio—including NPR's All Things Considered, John Diliberto's Echoes, Woodsong's Olde Time Radio Hour and numerous radio programs. The pair also performed for the Kennedy Center's acclaimed Millennium Stage concert series, the renowned Kerrville Folk Festival and
Vancouver Island MusicFest. Acoustic Eidolon earns praise from critics and passionate accolades from fans. Their live shows include their trademark instrumental pieces along with some vocal selections for extra flavor.

With a January 1999 diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Alkire underwent chemotherapy and radiation until August of 2000. During that challenging time, their music offered a real lifeline. During the last several days of each round of chemo, when she felt the strongest, Alkire and Scott recorded tracks that resulted in their debut album, April 1999's Eidolon. Now seven albums later, Acoustic Eidolon shows no signs of slowing down. While Acoustic Eidolon's
recordings attest to the band's unique sound and obvious musical talents, Scott's and Alkire's live
performances blend sophisticated playing with infectious energy and humor for
an evening of exciting entertainment.

Advance tickets are on sale now for $15 ($8 for children 6-12; children 5 and under are free and childcare available). Day of show tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 919-682-5708 or by mail. Checks should be made payable and sent to: Strings Attached Productions PO Box 218 Durham NC 27702. Tickets paid for in advance will be available at the “will call” table at 6:30 PM on the evening of the concert, Thursday, May 14. Call 919-682-5708 for more information. This is a Strings Attached Production; all profits benefit Urban Ministries of Durham.

The mission of Urban Ministries of Durham is to provide food, clothing, shelter, and counseling to neighbors in need. Every night, UMD provides emergency shelter for up to 150 persons without homes. Every day it serves 350-400 meals to hungry people. An additional 350-400 persons receive groceries for in-home preparation every month. And UMD’s clothing closet provides clothes to 180-220 each month. Urban Ministries of Durham strives to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment that affirms the dignity of its guests, donors, volunteers, and staff. Visit for more information.

High-Res images of Acoustic Eidolon and concert poster:
Urban Ministries of Durham:
Acoustic Eidolon: or
Strings Attached/St. Philip's:

Jonah Kendall, Rector, Saint Philip's Episcopal Church
Rebekah Radisch, Strings Attached, St. Philip's Episcopal Church

A Strings Attached Production (ASAP)


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